Here is the 7th installment of the Vintage Block Quilt Along!
an Alice Brooks Pattern
By Charise Randell
12” finished / 12 ½” unfinished Block
This block was referred to as "Pinwheel #7101" in the original pattern. I have added Daisy to distinguish it from block #6 in the QAL which is also named "Pinwheel".
This block is made from 4 identical squares.
Each individual square is 6 ½”. There is lots of curved piecing involved in the construction of this block, but I have added matching marks (notches) to make it easier to construct!
Pattern Link Here
Pattern Link Here
~ 8 – 3 ¼” x 6 ¼” rectangles assorted print fabric
~ a F8 for the background
~1 – 3 ¼” square print fabric for the center circle
~ Cardstock~Fine Sewing Pins ~ I like Clover Flower Head Pins Fine (.45)
~Chalk for marking ~ I like Clover Triangle Tailor’s Chalk
Cut 4 each A1 Print fabric
Cut 4 each A2 Background Fabric
Cut 4 each B1 Print fabric
Cut 4 each B2 Background Fabric
Cut 1 each 3" x 3" square for the center circle of the block
With right sides together, match the notch on A1 and A2. Pin in place. Gently pull the background fabric edge to match the curved edge of A1.Pin around the curve.
2. With the background piece A2 facing you, stitch with a ¼” seam allowance. Press the seam allowance towards the center of the block.
3. Repeat #1-#2 for B1 and B2
4. With the right sides together, match the notch on A2 to the seam on B2. Stitch in place. Press seam open.
5. Proceed for the other three sections.
6. With right sides together, match the raw edges and the notch. Stitch the top right section to the bottom right section.
7. Stitch the right section to the left section matching seams.
8. Create the center circle:
a) Iron the freezer paper circle to the center of the back fabric circle.
b) Hand stitch a gathering stitch around the perimeter of the circle.
c) Turn the fabric circle over and pull up the gathering stitch.Place a q-tip or small brush in the starch. Apply the starch to the seam allowance.
Carefully iron the seam allowance over the edge of the freezer paper circle.
d) Loosen the gathering stitch and remove the freezer paper circle. You should have a perfect circle!Turn to the right side and press.
e) Position the circle on the center of the block.Stitch in place with a machine edge stitch or by hand with an invisible stitch.